Somewhere inside an office at the Republican National Committee headquarters and in offices of other top Republican pollsters, there are studies showing Trump will lose to Biden in the next election. The poll results are secret, but they are no surprise.
Trump is erratic, vindictive, immoral, corrupt, venal, and refuses to take advice. These are well-known inherent traits to his personality disorder. They have been evident for decades.
The COVID virus epidemic, his ongoing legal struggles, willing to pardon convicted accomplices, such as Michael Flynn, are all evident in the 3,500 legal cases that involve Trump in federal and state court. Trump has spent his entire adult personal and business life as the plaintiff and defendant. His attempts to cover up tax evasion to sexual molestation are all part of his personality and criminal past.
We are not all in this together. That is a limp slogan and a convenient political lie.
And this chain he forged throughout his entire life is now weighing him down. It’s evident and his enablers know it. They see the cumulative impact of his behavior that would have landed anyone else in jail or been fired overnight. The enablers know Trump’s Doomsday is coming, and if the Democrats had a stronger candidate, it would be a certainty.
The polls and daily mounting evidence from jobless reports, terrible economic news that point to a depression on the same level in 1929, COVID deaths, pardons to confessed criminals, chronic lying, presentations of distorted reality, duplicity, and inability to run a government, all point downward. His end is near.
So given Trump’s history, and the combined energy of fanatic conservatives, the end game is now on the table. This end game comes at an opportune time. Washington is confused, paranoid, politically unstable, and Congress is staying home, so even they have another excuse for not passing legislation. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that 395 bills sitting in the Senate are not going to be passed.)
The Perfect Crime is Now Unfolding Before Our Eyes
All these moving parts have created the fog to hide massive fraud. Neil Barofsky, the former special inspector general of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), told ABC News that the Paycheck Protection Program will be “an extraordinarily easy program to defraud, and it will be defrauded in massive ways.”.
How bad can the fraud be? The potential for fraud is vast, and given the amount of money being distributed, a 1% loss to fraud translates into a $72 billion in fraud, according to CNBC.
The attraction of record amounts of government money to distribute to favored donors, big contributors, shell corporations and political cronies cannot be turned away. This is a historic opportunity for looting. And the money is being given to corporations that have long histories of violating workers’rights, CEO pay, the environment, and consumer protections, according to this inclusive chart provided by the group, Good Jobs First.
Of cource, all this is known to Trump and the Republicans. Trump knows he can all funnel huge sums back to his presidential campaign and businesses. No one outside of professional money launderers is better than hiding this money paper trail than Trump. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the group identifies 22 areas where Trump has a conflict-of-interest that would benefit him and his companies. According to the group, “this spans the government, ranging from environmental regulations that impact Trump’s golf courses to work visas that allow his businesses to hire cheaper seasonal workers, to tax cuts that will likely save him millions and even major military decisions that protect his foreign businesses.”
Let the Looting Begin
willing parties and most importantly, minimal transparency. The names of corporations and their tax identification numbers have to be hidden. There also must be fewer and fewer inspector generals, with limited budgets and smaller staffs. Then there is also the importance of time. Based on past huge federal emergency distributions, the more time that passes, the greater the odds of making a successful getaway.
All of these conditions are now in place for the looting to begin.
The Federal Reserve said it can invest more than $5 trillion into custom-made lending programs connected to COVID bailout programs aimed at small business and publicly-traded corporations. There is no accounting for the COVID money distributions at the state levels where small business owners are supposed to rehire employees, pay them and keep them on the payroll even as the prospects of reopening businesses degrades with every passing week.
Creating this fog was easy. In the words of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and a Trump supporter, the government moved quickly to distribute the money since it was immediately needed by small businesses. “The more requirements we came up with, the harder it was going to be to get the money out the door. We erred on the side of expediency.” Rubio also erred on the side of fraud, which could benefit him and others in their upcoming re-elections. After all, now he and other Republicans can say “We gave you the money to stay open, so you owe us your livelihoods.”
The nation has come to a dangerous place when it must protect the livelihoods of businesses and individuals. But the impact of the COVID virus will change everything, including our political, social, and financial expectations.
We also can hope that it will change the corrupt and decadent political system. That is a faint hope given the nation’s history.
But that will not stop the looting and the lost trillions in taxpayer money. Funds for infrastructure, health care reform, income, social programs, increases to Medicare and Social Security, are all being squandered. The looters will keep the money for themselves. As the old saying goes, “possession is 9/10ths of the law.”
All this means “we are not all in this together.” That is a limp slogan and a convenient political lie.